In the days that followed, Jayalalithaa's closest aides - VK Sasikala, O Panneerselvam and Edappadi Palaniswami - got into an intense and often abusive battle to claim her legacy; a fight that almost 10 months after her demise is still on.
Senior party leader K.P. Munusamy said that the EC has been informed that the two factions headed by O. Panneerselvam and Edappadi Palaniswami have merged to protect Amma's (late chief minister J. Jayalalithaa) legacy, to respect sentiments of party cadres and for good governance. "We were compelled to lie about her health. Forgive me my party workers, but all of us ministers lied before you when we said Amma is alright".
Sreenivasan said he is seeking apology from the people now for "those lies".
Reacting to the statement of Chief Minister Palaniswami that the MLAs aligned to Dhinakaran were not even a part of AIADMK, Dhinakaran said they were very much a part of the AIADMK, and sought to remind Palaniswami that it was he who joined hands with Paneerselvam, (who had launched a rebellion against Sasikala).
Hospitalised on September 22, 2016, the former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu never came out of Apollo.
He said "nobody met Jayalalithaa in her hospital room".
Nine months after former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa died in a Chennai hospital after a prolonged illness, Forest Minister Dindigul C Sreenivasan has asked for the public's forgiveness for lying about her health when she was at hospital."None of us saw Jayalalithaa when she was hospitalised".
"We all lied then so that the party's secret does not get leaked", Sreenivasan said.
While AIADMK maintained Amma was fine and signing documents, it was only in first week of October that the hospital administration said that AIADMK chief had erious lung infection.
V.Dinakaran, nephew of Sasikala has reacted saying that even Sasikala was not allowed inside Jayalalithaa's room after 1 October, 2016.